ETSI



ETSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to produce the telecommunications standards that will be used for the decades to come throughout Europe and beyond.
Based in Sophia Antipolis (France), ETSI unites 912 members from 54 countries inside and outside Europe, and represents administrations, network operators, manufacturers, service providers, technical bodies and users. The Institute's work programme is determined by its members, who are also responsible for approving its deliverables. As a result, ETSI's activities are maintained in close alignment with the market needs expressed by its members.
ETSI plays a major role in developing a wide range of standards and other technical documentation as Europe’s contribution to world-wide standardization in telecommunications, broadcasting and information technology. ETSI's prime objective is to support global harmonization by providing a forum in which all the key players can contribute actively. ETSI is one of the three European standard organizations officially recognised by the European Commission and the EFTA secretariat. (The other two beings are CEN and CENELEC).
ETSI relies on co-operation - with its member organizations, which provide the technical inputs to its Technical Committees and Projects, with other standardization bodies throughout the world and with the organizations, which finally adopt and use its products.

The structure
ETSI consists of a General Assembly, a Board, a Technical Organization and a Secretariat. The Technical Organization produces and approves technical standards. It encompasses ETSI Projects (EPs), ETSI Partnership Project (EPPs - such as 3GPP), Technical Committees (TCs) and Special Committees. More than 3500 experts are at present working for ETSI in over 200 groups.
The central Secretariat of ETSI is located in Sophia Antipolis, a high tech research park in Southern France. It comprises about 100 staff members. In order to promote and accelerate standardization, additional experts work on a full time basis at the ETSI Headquarters. At present, there are about 25 Specialist Task Forces (STFs) with around 60 experts. Since the creation of the institute in 1988, more than 6000 ETSI deliverables have been published.
ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) is a not for profit organization whose mission is to produce the telecommunications standards that will be used for decades to come throughout Europe and beyond.
Based in Sophia Antipolis, south of France, ETSI unites 768 members from 55 countries inside and outside Europe, and represents administrations, network operators, manufacturers, service providers, research bodies and users. The Institute's work programme is determined by its members, who are also responsible for approving its deliverables. As a result, ETSI's activities are maintained in close alignment with the market needs expressed by its members. ETSI plays a major role in developing a wide range of standards and other technical documentation as Europe's contribution to world-wide standardization in telecommunications, broadcasting and information technology. ETSI's prime objective is to support global harmonization by providing a forum in which all the key players can contribute actively. ETSI is officially recognized by the European Commission and the EFTA secretariat.
Technical Bodies Organizational Chart

BECOME A MEMBER

Benefits and Rights
In a world of complex telecommunications and simple needs, standards are the genesis of tomorrow's technologies. For many businesses, standardization has become a strategic discipline.
As well as the pride with which ETSI Members may justifiably feel in helping to build a harmonized market, participation in ETSI will affect your commercial activities and ambitions for decades to come.

As an ETSI Member...
You will benefit from collaborative competition and exchange viewpoints with your peers
You will be able to influence future technical orientations
You will be given the opportunity that the work on standards gives to meet other experts in subjects of interest
You will gain knowledge from participating in discussions

How?
As an ETSI Member, your rights allow you to influence the elaboration of standards. Full Members have the right to attend meetings of Technical Bodies and to participate in their work with the right to vote. Associate Members have the right to attend meetings of Technical Bodies and to participate in their work with the right to vote on all matters except those concerning ENs or matters concerning documents exclusively intended for regulatory use by the European Union. Observers do not have the right to attend meetings of a Technical Body, but may attend the General Assembly meetings without the right to vote.

MISSION

The Institute
ETSI shall, through international collaboration, including Partnership Projects, pursue the objective of developing globally applicable deliverables meeting the needs of the telecommunication / electronic communication community while still fulfilling its duty to support EU and EFTA regulation and initiatives.
The objective of the Institute is to produce and maintain widely implemented technical standards and other deliverables as required by its members. As a recognized European standards organization, our objective should be reached in a way so as to support and enhance competition in a unified European market for telecommunications and related areas. At the international level, the Institute contributes to world-wide standardization. ETSI is governed by the ETSI Directives, including its Statutes and Rules of Procedure.

The Secretariat
The Secretariat mission is to help ETSI members maximize the return on their standardization investments by anticipating their needs and responding rapidly and efficiently to their requests.

The Quality Policy of ETSI
The Quality Policy of ETSI is to achieve the following in its Standards Making Process:
high people satisfaction
short lead times
high product quality
low cost
ETSI has been certified to ISO 9002 since 1st March 1994. The certificate states that the Management system of ETSI including the implementation meets the requirements of the standard ISO 9002 with the scope:
All processes facilitating the production, maintenance and distribution of European Telecommunications standards and the administrative, legal and information technology support to the general assembly, the ETSI Board, the Technical Organization and Special Committees.

The objective of ETSI
The objective of ETSI is to produce and perform maintenance of the technical standards and other deliverables required by its members. This also includes producing and performing maintenance of the technical standards necessary to achieve a large unified European market for telecommunications and related areas.
The following key objectives are to be noted:
To start a permanent review process in order to strengthen ETSI's orientation towards upcoming new and changing standardization areas (e.g. m-commerce, IP based technologies and services, e-Europe initiatives, etc.) for the benefit of the membership serving global markets.
The provision of agreed steps to be taken in order to improve ETSI's position as a European first-class Standards Institute, developing deliverables that may have extended international importance, willing to enter into international co-operations of all sorts with a focus on global solutions in the standardization of areas of mutual interest.
To make all operational aspects of ETSI fit for the Internet (e-standardization).
Define internal activities as resulting from external developments and trends.
It is an appropriate goal for ETSI to develop deliverables which have global applicability (where appropriate), achieved through global co-operation or through participation in global associations and their work programs, but ETSI itself should not become a global standards development organization.
lETSI has a duty to meet the needs of its members, but ETSI's duty to support relevant EU and EFTA policies, arising from its formal recognition by the European Union, must also be protected.

List of ETSI Board Members (2002-2005)
The Board comprise elected, and ex-officio non-voting, members. The Director-General and the Deputy Director-General are ex-officio non-voting members.
Board Chairman:
Mr. Francisco da Silva, Portugal Telecom SGPS SA, PT
Board Vice-Chairmen:
Ms. Azucena Hernández, Telefónica de España, ES
Mr. Alistair Urie, Alcatel S.A., FR
Board Secretary:
Mr. Pritchard Julian, ETSI Secretariat
Assistant to the Board Secretary:
Ms. Jeanne Lancry, ETSI Secretariat
Board Members:
Mr. Malcolm Bermange, Microsoft Europe SARL, FR
Mr. Michael Breidthardt, IBM Europe, DE
Mr. Didier Chauveau, Secrétariat d'Etat à l'Industrie, FR
Mr. Alan Cox, Vodafone Group plc., UK
Mr. Keith Dickerson, BT Group plc, UK
Mr. Edmundo Fernández Puértolas, Spain, ANIEL, ES
Mr. Giorgio Fioretto, Telecom Italia, IT
Mr. Wolfgang Heidrich, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi), DE
Mr. Simon Hicks, Department of Trade and Industry, UK
Ms. Verina Horsnell, Sun Microsystems Ltd., UK
Mr. Kari Lang, Nokia Corporation, FI
Mr. Kiritkumar Lathia, Siemens Mobile Communications S.p.A, IT
Mr. Tom Lindström, Ericsson L.M., SE
Mr. John Phillips, Nortel Networks (Europe), UK
Mr. Rolf Rüggeberg, Deutsche Telekom AG, DE
Mr. Jean-Marc Salles, TDC Tele Danmark A/S, DK
Mr. Jean-Claude Sapanel, France Télécom, FR
Mr. Ian Spiers, Marconi Communications, UK
Mr. Pierre Steiner, Swisscom SA, CH
Mr. Hans van der Veer, Lucent Technologies Nederland B.V., NL
Mr. Andy Wilton, Motorola Ltd., UK
Board SME Representative:
Mr. Alberto Pérez Lafuente, Microelectrónica Española S.A, ES
Board CEEC Representatives:
Mr. Péter Kesselyák, Communications Authority, Ministry of Informatics and Communications, HU
Mr. Zeljko Puljic, SIST (Slovenian Institute for Standardization), SI
Board User Representative:
Karine Iffour, NORMAPME (European Office of Crafts, Trades and SMEs for Standardisation), FR
Ex-officio Members:
Mr. Jorgen Friis, ETSI Deputy Director-General
Mr. Karsten Meinhold, ETSI General Assembly Chairman
Mr. Christopher Roberts, European Commission, DG Entreprise G-2
Mr. Karl Heinz Rosenbrock, ETSI Director-General
Mr. Johannes Thorsteinsson, EFTA
Mr. Evangelos Vardakas, European Commission, DG Entreprise G-2